Next week is ½ Term here in the UK, which means all the kids have the week off school! Unless you are lucky enough to be jetting off to sunnier climes, you are probably thinking about how you can keep your darlings off of their electronics all day! I’ve been having a think myself, here are a few local ideas that you may or may not have already considered.
Saturday May 28 - This Girl Can - Loddon Valley
Sorry boys, all activities are FREE and open to women and girls of all ages.
FREE taster sessions in boxercise & kettlecise & legs, bums and tums & zumba & yoga (programme subject to change).
Massages and beauty treatments
No booking required - just turn up.
10am - 1pm.
Saturday & Sunday May 28 & 29 - Truck Fest South, Newbury
While the girls are getting fit at Lodden Valley, the boys can go look at trucks! (I know, it’s a stereotype! Sorry!)
SATURDAY: 9am - 5.30pm
SUNDAY: 9am - 5.30pm
ICE ROAD TRUCKERS LISA KELLY & TODD DEWEY JOIN US AT TRUCKFEST SOUTH, AS WELL AS TELEVISION STARS RONNIE & AMY SHIRLEY FROM THE HIT SHOW LIZARD LICK TOWING WILL BE JOINING US IN 2016
Saturday May 28 - South Hill Park Theatre - Don’t Dribble on the Dragon
A children’s musical, with magic!
Monday May 30 - Carnival in the Park, Prospect Park
The Caribbean comes to Reading!
Reggae Soca Soul DJ Music
Live music acts and dance workshops
11am - 7pm.
Tuesday May 31 - South Hill Park Play with Clay (8-12 year olds)
South Hill Park in Bracknell is an excellent facility that I don’t always remember to check out. They’ve got several child-friendly activities on over ½ term. This is one for the creatives out there! When the kids have had enough, there’s beautiful grounds and a playground outside!
Wednesday June 1 - UK Wolf Conservation Trust
Wolves aren’t exactly a common sight in the UK (there aren’t any in the wild) so if you’d like to learn a bit about them, Wednesdays are visit days! There are regular guided tours through the day. Also the raised platform overlooking the lower enclosure affords great photo opportunities and at 2 PM it's feeding time for the wolves (the local red kites will usually be seen soaring overhead too!) We have never been there, this is completely copied from their website. Maybe see you there, I’ll be the one taking loads of pictures!
Thursday June 2 (or any day!) - Visit the Chocolate Factory, Wargrave
Did you know there is a chocolate factory in Wargrave? Neither did I!! It’s at Sheeplands Farm. They do parties, team building, guides/brownies (hmm...Beavers?)
Saturday & Sunday 4-5 June - Dinton family fun weekend - Running all day from 10am to 4pm, this is a fantastic chance to have a go at many watersports and land activities. We went last year and it was so much fun! Every activity lasts 15 minutes and costs £2 per person! The weather wasn’t the greatest last year (rain of course) and there weren’t a lot of people there. Sad for them, but great for us! Many of the activities went much longer than 15 minutes!
Saturday & Sunday 4-5 June - South Hill Park Food Festival
Hopefully this has you considering some new ideas! Before you know it ½ Term will be a memory, and for many it will be into exams! Good luck to all!
As parents, we all want the absolute best foundation for our children so that they grow into happy, functional adults who can contribute positively to their community and society as a whole. A big part of this foundation is school.
Lately, I’ve felt very frustrated with the state of the education system that my children are stuck with. Don’t worry, this post is not going to be a rant about all the issues I’m concerned with. I know many of parents local to me already share my views, so why preach to the choir! Instead, when one of my children comes home feeling frustrated and helpless, I want to be armed with some inspirational quotes to help them see past their current problem and focus on the big picture. So without further adieu, here’s the quotes.
There are far better things ahead than any we leave behind.
– C.S. Lewis
You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.
– Dr. Seuss
You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think.
– Winnie the Pooh
We all must make the choice between what is right, and what is easy.
I’m not telling you it’s going to be easy. I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it.
– Art Williams
When something goes wrong in your life, just yell, “PLOT TWIST,” and move on.
You are allowed to scream. You are allowed to cry. But, you are not allowed to give up.
Make yourself proud.
– Peter W. Smith
Today is your day. Your mountain is waiting so get on your way.
– Dr. Seuss
If plan A didn’t work, the alphabet has 25 more letters.
Sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.
– Marilyn Monroe
It always seems impossible until it’s done.
– Nelson Mandela
Working hard is important. But there is something that matters even more: believing in yourself.
– Harry Potter